Mechanical Engineering

Dr Philip Harrison BSc(Hons) PhD CEng MIMechE


Work Experience

Oct 2005 - present: Lecturer, Engineering Materials Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Research: Active research interests in composite (co-organising the Composites Forming session for the forthcoming 17th ICCM 2009 in Edinburgh) and functional materials (Magneto-Rheological Elastomers) and also in x-aerogels and polymeric foams. Currently supervising or co-supervising several PhD students in these areas.
Teaching: Lecture courses: 2nd year Design and Manufacture and 2nd year Materials plus associated labs and tutorials. Teaching tasks also include supervision of project work for undergraduate, MSc and foreign placement students
Administration: Undergraduate Admissions Officer.
Consultancy: Consultancy projects for industry.

Mar 2001 - Oct 2005: Senior Research Fellow, Composites Group, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nottingham, England

Overview: Simulation and optimisation of textile composite forming of complex components. I developed a predictive multi-scale model based on continuum and micro-mechanical principles and implemented the model in a commercial finite element code (Abaqus StandardTM and ExplicitTM)
Responsibilities: Published Scientific Articles (30 during 4 years) / Project Management / Student Supervision / Consultancy Work / Attracted Project Funding (e.g. co-author on EPSRC/MOD grant, ref. GR/S67104/01 worth £374,000) / Reported to Industrial Sponsors (e.g. Ford, BA Systems, BP Amoco, QinetiQ, MSC Software, MoD)
Skills: Textile Composite Rheology / Finite Element Analysis (PAM-FORM and Abaqus) / Computer Programming (MatLabTM, Fortran) / Rheometry (Polymer Melt)

Apr 1999 - Mar 2001: Research Associate, MATE,  Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Overview: Evaluation of constitutive models for polymer melts using rheo-optical methods
Summary: Developed an optical instrument capable of measuring the elongational stresses in polymer melts at high temperatures
Responsibilities: Publishing Scientific Articles / Student Supervision (MSc) / Reporting to European Partners Network (FP6)
Skills: Rheo-Optics / Finite Element Analysis (MARC and POLYFLOW) / Computer Programming (MatLab, Fortran) / Mathematical Modelling

Jan 1997 - Apr 1999: Research Associate,  Centre de Mise En Forme (CEMEF), Ecole des Mines de Paris, Sophia Antipolis, France

Overview: Investigation of the molecular dynamics of liquid crystalline polymers
Summary: Used polarised microscopy, light scattering and rheometrical techniques to relate molecular kinematics to rheological behaviour
Responsibilities: Publishing Scientific Articles / Reporting to European Partners Network (FP5)
Skills: Rheo-Optics / Rheometry (Liquid Crystalline Polymers)

Jun 1996 - Jan 1997: Research Assistant, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Wales at Aberystwyth, Wales

Overview: Rheology of thermosetting resins
Summary: Funded by British Aerospace, experimental characterisation and theoretical modelling of the rheology during curing of thermosetting resins used by Airbus
Responsibilities: Reporting to British Aerospace partners
Skills: Rheometry (Themosetting Polymers) / Mathematical Modelling


Oct 1992 - Jun 1996: PhD, Rheological and Numerical Modelling of Soft-Sediment Deformation, University of Wales at Aberystwyth

Summary: Experimental and numerical study, modelling deformation of sediments following triggers such as earthquakes and landslides
Skills: Fluid-mechanics / Finite Element Analysis (POLYFLOW) / Rheometry (Clay Slurries)

Oct 1988 - Jun 1991: BSc (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics, University of Leeds